The Dream Act: what would it change?

The DREAM Act would give undocumented immigrant youth the chance at conditional citizenship – meaning, legal residency and a green card – by joining the U.S. military or attending a university for two years. This bill, introduced  in Congress this session on...

A schoolteacher with a story

Take a glimpse at the desk of Rosanna Castellanos, a bilingual special education teacher at Goudy Elementary School in Chicago, and you may be surprised by what you see. In addition to pencils, pens, textbooks and lesson plans, Castellanos has stacks of literature on...

The journey to Hoy

“I was always a reporter,” Mercedes Fernandez said simply. From Lima, Peru to Chicago, Illinois, this statement rings true. A reporter for Hoy, the Chicago’s Tribune Spanish-language newspaper, Peruvian immigrant Mercedes Fernandez stands at the convergence of...

That three o’clock call from Cadiz

For immigrant Miguel Fernandez, going to the Spanish restaurant Café Iberico is like taking a journey back to his home country of Spain. The Chicago café serves all his favorites – paella, sangria, Spanish omelets and ham chorizo – and patrons can watch Spanish...

Peruvian Heart

Maria and I were roommates last year, our freshman year in college. With a presidential election unfolding around us, our conversation always touched on the political. Although we were aligned in views, we stood apart because of our respective citizenship papers....